Lance's Spring Letter #17: The Art of Patience

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Lance's Spring Letter #17: The Art of Patience

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart...live in the question.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

To my patients, colleagues, and friends,

It's been a weird beginning to spring hasn't it?

My friend, Patty, owner of Philly's own City Plants, said for the first time ever, the tulips came up 3 weeks early. She had no idea whether they would survive into the Spring. Patty has planted thousands of tulips for every spring for the last 20 years and THIS spring, she realized she can't count on the historic timing of the natural cycle. The rhythms are changing.

Have you ever felt like you had to explode, break through, create the new — but the timing wasn't quite right, or you rushed into it and your plan didn't end up blossoming?

That's why Patience is one of the aspects of the Wood Element or Springtime Energy — the powerful upward, exploding energy. Like we see in a sprouting tulip, 5 Element Theory understands that brining a vision into fruition requires patience. We must hold the vision and let it ripen before it's ready.

(To understand the Five Elements in context, check out a complimentary copy of the e-Book, Five Element Acupuncture & You. [use code: 'ancientwisdom'])

Patience is a powerful tool.

With patience, we can allow our ideas to percolate to the perfect moment of creation.

We can sit and get to know a stranger, someone different than us, erasing fear and prejudices. With patience comes wisdom, inner strength, and focus. Patience brings better mental and emotional endurance. We all know what it can be like to feel quick to anger. Especially if you're a parent - kids test patience like it's their sole purpose in life. If we actively cultivate patience with tools like breath, curiosity, and choice — we become happier, calmer, and more at home, feeling connected to life!

Now, more than ever, we need to Practice the Art of Patience! We are practiced at never having to wait for anything. We are physically habituated towards instant gratification. Think about it. Any information is available in seconds from our phone. We can purchase almost anything online and have it delivered to us that same day. There's no more going out untethered to everyone you know and love. Our nervous systems wire themselves according to what we repeat most often.  This is where we have power.

3 ways to Practice Patience

1. Shift your perspective on a problem (How To): When we shift our perspective, we can unhook ourselves from the well worn grooves and patterns of our nervous system and try on something else.
     a. Think of a challenging situation or problem in your life.
     b. 'Open your mind' by saying "This could mean anything!"
     c. Release any judgements you may already have about the problem.
     d. Be curious and ask yourself, "What is a new way I could look at this problem?" or "What haven't I thought of yet?"

2. Grow Strawberries. Or any other fruits or veggies you enjoy! When you nurture a plant, it  brings you into nature's rhythms. PLUS you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Here's the How-To.

3. Be Creative. Paint. Cook. Knit. Draw. Sing. Write Poetry.  To make good art, we must be patient. Fortunately, creativity has a way of inspiring it.

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. 
- Kurt Vonnegut

I hope you create a fantastic Springtime!!! Filled with abundant patience, possibility, creativity, and growth! See you around the village!

Village Wellness 6 Waterloo Ave Berwyn, PA 19312

Village Wellness
6 Waterloo Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312

 

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Upcoming Holistic Happenings! Yoga, Journeying, Sound, Speaker Series

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Upcoming Holistic Happenings! Yoga, Journeying, Sound, Speaker Series

Hi Everyone! Happy sunny day!! Our Spring events calendar is full of unique opportunities to learn, relax, bliss out, and be with like minded individuals. Heres whats happening:

See you around the Village!
Love,
Lance & the whole Village Wellness crew
Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.

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Introduction To Shamanic Jouneying

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Introduction To Shamanic Jouneying

Im not sure if I have expressed how much I love the people I am lucky enough to get to work with at Village Wellness. I am just so grateful to be surrounded by such heart centered practitioners. 

About a year ago, a woman named Stephanie walked into Village Wellness, and said "I just came back from Peru after studying shamanism and I am really attracted to your center and would love to offer my work here. By the way I am also an EMT and Veterinary Nurse."

I had a session with her and was totally wowed - just like pretty much ALL of her clients report! I have witnessed people sitting with her for just 5 minutes, with tears streaming down their face after being touched by her words. A year later Stephanie has a beautiful practice. 

Stephanie is now offering a workshop called An Introduction to Shamanic Journeying and it's guaranteed to be amazing! It will be held on Friday, April 7th from 7:00-9:00 PM. Class will answer the 'What is' and 'How to' of Shamanic Journeying and give you an experience as well. 

This workshop is designed for those brand new to shamanic journeying and will also be suitable for the advanced journeyer. There is always wisdom to be gained as we revisit these ceremonies together. Space will be limited so Stephanie an give each participant the highest level of attention. Please reserve your spot here.

Hope to see you there!

Lots of love,

 Lance & the whole Village Wellness crew

Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.

P.S. Please check out all of our upcoming event below. thanks <3
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2 feet of Snow?

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2 feet of Snow?

So, what do you think? I've heard 6 inches, I've heard a foot.... How much snow do you think we'll get this week? I'm staying a head of the weather this time and have already started rescheduling my Tuesday patients. I have opened up more hours on Friday and Gabrielle & Karin have availability  tomorrow (Monday). Feel free to access our online schedule to book at your convenience.

Do you think we will get 2 feet of snow? 

get it? hahahaha!

Please stay safe and warm and I hope you have fun too. If you're home with the kiddos, here's 101 Snow Day Activities (for kids of all ages)!

Oh, we have just added some really great workshops to our schedule! Please take a sec to check them out!

See you around the Village! 

Lots of love,
Lance & the whole Village Wellness crew

Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.

P.S. For a limited time Megan is offering an Introductory special for our new Holistic Beauty Cosmetic Acupuncture offering. Save $250 on a series of treatments!

Other quick announcements: 

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Holistic Beauty. An interview with Megan Conover

I think that we are all heroes in our own way. I have tremendous respect for those that live in silent pain, those that activate change, those that create beauty, and those that show love to all. 
— Megan Conover

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with the aim of answering this question: "How can we increase our quality of life?” 

I find that people who are drawn to help others tend to be ignited with a deep passion and purpose. These interviews delve into that drive and aim to discover insight and supply tips for living life to its fullest. 

Megan Conover is an Acupuncturist practicing on the Mainline in Philadelphia. She specializes in a Holistic Style of Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Enjoy the interview!
Love,
Lance

Q: Megan, thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Where are you from originally?

MEGAN: I grew up in both Florida and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Siesta Key Beach is where most of my free time was spent in high school and college. I feel very fortunate to have had that sublime experience! 

Q: Can you tell us a little about the work you offer?

MEGAN: I have varied interests in treatments but the ultimate goal is for the patient to look and feel good so that they are able to radiate their best selves in their everyday lives. I specialize in cosmetic acupuncture, pain, and women's healthcare which is inclusive of fertility, gynecological disorders, digestive issues, and auto-immune conditions. 

Q: What initially inspired your interest in this area?

MEGAN: I left my corporate job because I would often find myself saying “we are not saving lives here." I never knew what that would mean to me because I had considered a trauma surgeon to be the one saving a life. I think I watched too many episodes of Grey's Anatomy one snowy winter! 

After looking for answers to my own healthcare scare, I found acupuncture. I had such profound results that I enrolled in acupuncture school that same year. It was everything I had been working towards in life and hoping for in a career. I now understand that health starts long before a surgeon is needed and I am proud to be a small part of the journey for so many people. Every smile I see at the conclusion of a treatment makes my heart swell and further confirms I am on the right path. I am also eternally grateful for finding my tribe of like-minded people along the way.

Q: How did you manage the transition from corporate to being an acupuncturist?  Was it challenging? scary? 

MEGAN: I would love to say that this was a well thought out decision but sometimes life yanks you in another direction and you just have to roll with it! I fell ill and was prescribed a medication that had side effects worse than my illness. Google told me to try acupuncture and it ended up being the only thing that helped the side effects.

When I  was recovering from surgery, I kept myself busy with yoga and visits to The Won Institute of Graduate Studies to listen in on acupuncture theory lectures. At the time I had a "perfect plan" but then life happened again, and again, and again. At times challenging is a fitting word, and on other days it was downright agonizing to get through a full time school program with very little income or family support.

There were a few tears along the way. I often wondered what I was doing and why I gave up my company 401 match, healthcare and very generous PTO package, as well as a steady salary that so nicely landed in my bank twice a month. I worked for a company continuously voted as one the best places to work on the mainline. I questioned my sanity more than once for leaving. 

Many things have changed in my life since that first day of school but I would not change a single thing. This has been an incredible journey and I feel so grateful when I wake up every morning knowing that this is now my life and I played a part in making this life happen. The personal growth and new friendships  I have been fortunate enough to develop is exponentially more rewarding than my Vanguard account could ever be. I am exactly where I was meant to be and I am excited to see where this journey leads next. 

Q: What is your mission as an Acupuncturist?

MEGAN: My mission is to facilitate the healing that is within each person that walks through the door. I like to incorporate diet, emotion, and goals into my treatment plans so that each person walks away with something special that they can take with them for the rest of their life.  

Q: One of your specialties is cosmetic style Acupuncture, can you tell us a little about it?

In my corporate days, the water cooler talk was of the new shoes that were just delivered to Nordstrom Rack, a new product line at Sephora, how their newborn was not sleeping, or which skincare was working and what was not. Most of my friends were either thinking about Botox or they were looking for Botox alternatives. When I heard about cosmetic acupuncture, I was immediately intrigued! I signed up for the course while I was still in acupuncture school. The results have been amazing and I am so happy I took made the choice to learn about this added benefit of acupuncture!

A client receives a balancing treatment like their normal acupuncture session and we do a face treatment in the same session. Basically, several tiny needles are inserted into the skin which signals the body to send fresh blood and energy to the area. Just like in using acupuncture to treat a local injury or a scar, we are using acupuncture to stimulate the body's natural process of promoting collagen and elastin production in the face. Chinese Medicine is also good for things like prolapses in the body. I view loose skin on the face and wrinkles as a prolapse as well. Chinese Medicine is exceptional at lifting things back up, therefore, jowls and sagging skin are lifted and tightened. 

Q Who is your ideal client for cosmetic style acupuncture? 

MEGAN: My ideal client is someone who is willing to implement the dietary changes that I outline as part of the program, someone who can commit to the treatment plan, and someone who is looking for an alternative to Botox or other fillers. When clients walk out of a session they not only feel amazing on the inside but they are working on a beauty enhancement on the outside as well! 

Q: What is your ultimate goal for your patients?

MEGAN: I find that so many people are focused on what is not working in life instead of what is working. I try to shed light on the positives in a person's life… it's my goal to have everyone I encounter walk away with just a bit more light in their day, even if just for a minute. 

Q: What are 5 healthy habits/ lifestyle recommendations you want to offer the world?

MEGAN: There are so many changes we can make that do not require an Amazon Prime delivery or a trip to the grocery store. 

1. Drink water! It's free and your body will thank you in countless ways! 

2. Meditate! This could be sitting quietly, using a guided meditation app, gardening, walking in nature, or simply paying attention to your breathing. Everyone can do it and there is a style for every personality! 

3. Grow a garden, or just one edible plant. When you have a connection to your food, however big or small, it nourishes your soul. 

4. Stretch. We are often in pain - physically, emotionally, and spiritually- when we have not moved. Stretching activates all three of these levels. 

5. Hug! it is scientifically proven to make you happier and healthier and you are doing a good deed for the recipient as well! Click here to read more about hugs!

Q: Do you have a spiritual practice? If so, what is it?

MEGAN: I once took a religion test and it told me I was 99.9% Universal Unitarian and 99% Buddhist. As cliché as it sounds, Love is my religion. I use mantra meditation to focus myself and my goals on a more personal level. I really enjoy feeling the energy of a group which is why I seek out group meditations. I try to engage in activities that spread joy, within myself and in my community. 

Q: What does your morning routine look like?

MEGAN: Ok, not all Acupuncturists are perfect. I am more of a night person! I rustle around and have created a "bed yoga routine" for myself. I have trained myself to eat a larger breakfast and I take pride in my colorful morning meals, as my friends know who receive pictures of my “masterpieces." These usually include a green, like arugula, polenta, eggs, fruit, and the dreaded cup of half-caff coffee with coconut cream. I try to read an article related to a case I am working on, write a blog, or update social media about acupuncture. I tend to keep my early mornings open so that my patients get the best me in the afternoon! 

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

MEGAN: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

Q: What are you currently most passionate about?

MEGAN: Educating others on the benefits of acupuncture. I truly believe that between acupuncture, yoga, and mediation, the world could be such a peaceful and beautiful place! 

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? What do you like to do for fun?

MEGAN: Honestly, I am kind of nerdy. I have board game nights with some of my dear friends on the weekends. I love to eat, so cooking or going out to new restaurants is always a favorite, I love live music so I can often be found at places like Johnny Brenda's or The Mann. I always have a vacation on my calendar - big or small, they are all adventures in my mind, I really love group meditations, museums, theatre, and I love learning!  

Q: Who is/are your hero/s?

MEGAN: I think that we are all heroes in our own way. I have tremendous respect for those that live in silent pain, those that activate change, those that create beauty, and those that show love to all.      

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Megan Conover, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Megan holds an Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from The WON Institute of Graduate Studies. Megan is continuing her path in Oriental medicine and is currently enrolled in the Chinese Herbal Medicine program at the Won Institute. In addition to the herbal clinic program, Megan is also continuing an intensive study of 5 Element Acupuncture with a local Master. She has also completed her Reiki master level training. 

Megan was led to acupuncture after Chinese medicine changed her life during a health scare. This has provided a basis for Megan’s passion and drive to continue learning.  Megan is interested in treating the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. She assists her patients in taking their health to the next level by healing from the inside to the outside. She specializes in cosmetic acupuncture, pain relief, and autoimmune conditions. Additionally, Megan has a passion for  esoteric style acupuncture using guided intuition while incorporating  crystals, oils, and Reiki energy work in her treatments. 

 In her free time, Megan enjoys practicing yoga, meditating, reading, traveling, skiing, hiking, cooking, live music and spending time with friends and family.

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The Holistic Healing Power of Biodynamic Cranialsacral Therapy. An Interview with Toby Calandra.

Photo by Matthew Hamilton

Photo by Matthew Hamilton

My mission with biodynamic craniosacral therapy is to let people know that they have more power and wisdom within themselves than they know.  Even in the darkest places there is light and health.
— TOBY CALANDRA

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with the aim of answering the question: "How can we increase our quality of life?" I also find folks drawn to help others in an integrative way tend to be ignited with a deep passion and purpose. These interviews were created to delve into that drive and to discover their tips and insight into living life to its fullest. 

Toby is a biodynamic craniosacral therapist with a practice in NorthWest Philadelphia. She was kind enough to answer my questions about her passions and the unique style of bodywork that she offers called Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy,

Enjoy the interview!
Love,
Lance


Q: Toby, thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Where are you from originally? 

TOBY: I was born in Rochester, New York, lived in Elizabeth, NJ until I was 5, and then settled in Hillsborough, NJ through high school. 

Q: What are you most passionate about right now?

TOBY: I am passionate about practicing craniosacral therapy, progressive practices in education, and investigating the root causes of illness and behavior challenges with children.

Q: Can you tell us what Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is and what kind of issues it can help with?

TOBY: Biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) is a gentle-touch therapy that works with the whole body.  With BCST, the body will heal and nourish itself thereby creating an individualized solution to any problem that is causing discomfort emotionally or physically.  My role as the therapist is to support the body both physically and energetically so that it can make whatever shifts it needs to make.  My hands follow change as it occurs in my client's body rather than moving his/her body in a specific direction.  

Q: What is the difference between traditional (Biomechanical) Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)?

TOBY: The biomechanical approach addresses imbalances in the client’s system by using gentle touch techniques to release resistance.  The primary focus is on the relationship of the bones of the head, the movement of the sacrum, and the movement of fluid around the brain and spinal cord.  

The biodynamic approach is a whole-body approach that involves helping clients reestablish their own balanced rhythm.  This allows the body's own regenerative powers to heal and support on-going maintenance of health.  Healing comes from within the client, rather than from the practitioner.  BCST allows space and stillness for issues to simply be and have room to reorganize and shift naturally.

There is one more approach called Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy, which is a compassion based application of biodynamic craniosacral therapy principals to the cardiovascular system.  The intention of this work is to support the healing of metabolic syndromes (e.g., heart disease, obesity, diabetes), which are impacting the majority of people in Western countries.  I have had training in both BCST and Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy.

Q: What initially inspired you to study and offer this type of therapy?

TOBY: I first learned about craniosacral therapy when I took my son to a D.O. who did osteopathic manipulative therapy.  Each week I would watch her work with him until one day I decided to try it myself.  When I came back to her and reported what I was feeling, she told me that I was feeling the cranial wave.  That started me on a journey of learning this work.  The more I practiced, the more connected I felt to the work and the power of the healing possibilities with gentle touch. I love that this work is about honoring the wisdom of the body in discomfort, seeing the client as whole, and listening for the health. I am honored to participate in the practice of providing space for my clients to work out their dis-ease and nourish themselves. 

Q: What is the cranial wave?

TOBY: The cranial wave is a subtle body pulse that is variable and moves at a rate of about 8-12 cycles per minute.  The cranial wave responds to stress levels - it speeds up when stress is experienced and slows down when the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged.

Q: What is your goal when working with your clients?

TOBY: My goal is to provide a nourishing space where my clients' bodies can get to work on what they need to do.  I hope to offer people an opportunity to slow down, connect with their inner wisdom, and offer a space to nourish and heal their own body.  My clients (children and adults) come to me for various reasons (e.g., body pains, anxiety, stress, curiosity).  My hope is that they walk away feeling nourished and settled.  I am taking a series of classes on BCST and concussions beginning in March, and I am excited to see the impact that this work has for individuals who have had concussions.

Q: What is some advise that you offer your clients, that you think would benefit everyone?

TOBY: I think it is important that people listen to themselves and act from their own intuition.  Too often, people know they are not well, but do not change their situation to remedy things.  If you want to run, run.  It you want to meditate, meditate.  If you think you "should" do something, ask yourself if you really want to do it.  If no, maybe it's not the thing that will really sustain and nourish you.

Q: Toby, what does your morning routine look like?

TOBY: My son is the family alarm clock, and he starts our morning typically around 6:15am.  He snuggles with my husband and I in our bed until 6:30 when he shouts, "It's time to get up!"  Then I walk the dog, feed the dog, make my son's lunch, kiss my husband goodbye, play "amazing catches" (football) with my son, and bring him to school.  It's a full morning!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? What do you like to do for fun?

TOBY: Ahhhh, free time!  I love to move my body: run in the woods, parkour, and play with my family (which often looks like football at the Penn Charter football field or baseball at Daisy field).  When I want to have fun in a less active way I love reading, knitting, food shopping, cooking and BOARD GAMES!!!

Q: What book do you absolutely love and would recommend to our readers? 

TOBY: There is a terrific book called, "Thanks for the Feedback."  Giving and receiving feedback sometimes feels scary, but I think it is a way for us to grow and understand each other.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote that helps or inspires you?

TOBY: I have two favorite quotes:
The first is from Brene Brown:  "Blame is a way of discharging pain and discomfort."  

The second is from Harry Palmer: 
"Practicing compassion:
1.  Just like me, this person is looking for happiness in his or her life.
2.  Just like me, this person tries to avoid suffering in his or her life.
3.  Just like me, this person experiences sorrow, loneliness, and despair.
4.  Just like me, this person is trying to satisfy his or her own needs.
5.  Just like me, this person is learning about life."

Q: Toby, thank you so much for your time and sharing your passions and advice. Where would folks find out more about you or set up an appointment? 

TOBY: My office space is in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.  I can be reached via email at tobycalandra(at)gmail.com or by phone at 215-882-2790.


About Toby Calandra

Toby's interest in Biodynamic Cranioasacral Therapy (BCST) began on her journey to support her son with healing his multiple allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances to food and the environment.  She is constantly humbled and intrigued by what she experiences on a daily basis related to health, nourishment, and being in this world.  In addition to practicing BCST, Toby is a speech-language pathologist with her Master of the Arts in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) from Indiana University.  She has been exploring how her knowledge of BCST and SLP can be uniquely intertwined, especially when working with children with expressive, receptive, and/or social language disorders.  Toby lives in the Germantown section of Philadelphia with her husband, their son, and their dog.

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The American College of Physician's new take on treating back pain

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The American College of Physician's new take on treating back pain

When I first started practicing acupuncture in Pennsylvania in 2003, each patient had to get a referral from their physician to even receive acupuncture and many docs did not give permission.

Well, times have changed, especially with the opioid addiction crisis and over prescribed pharmaceuticals. A few days ago the American College of Physicians recommended in the Annals of Internal Medicine that physicians and patients should treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such acupuncture.

This is a step in the right direction!

If you are experience pain of any kind, physical, emotional, mental or spiritual we are all here in service.

If you have back pain, I recommend booking an appointment with our in-house musculoskeletal acupuncture expert, Gabrielle

With Gratitude,

Lance & the whole Village Wellness crew
Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.

P.S. We are going to be bringing back Cosmetic/Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture in the very near future. If you think you may be interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment please email me and let me know. I need to see how much time to dedicate for this service in the Village Wellness schedule. Thanks!

Other quick announcements: 

  • Weekly Kundalini Yoga Classes with Ashleigh continue on Mondays at 7:30 pm. Please register if you are interested.
  • $35 Community Acupuncture now on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.
  • Please help nominate us and create a category for acupuncture in Mainline Today's 'best of' edition. Please, enter village wellness as a wildcard and write in ACUPUNCTURE as the category. Thank you sooooo much! It makes a huge impact for us & all of the holistic practitioners on the Main Line.

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eat better, feel better

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eat better, feel better

Hi folks,

I have always loved food, found comfort in food, and have had what I'll lovingly refer to as "teddy bear body".  Like so many of us, over the years I have experimented with various eating habits and diets in order to lose weight and feel more healthy. 

About 7 years ago I discovered the paleo diet which is an ancestral way of eating. It's free of grains, sugar, and highly processed, chemical laden foods.

When I eat this way I feel amazing! I have more energy, experience more happiness, lose excess weight and get stronger. My problem is, like I said — I love food. My brain is sad that I won't get to eat a donut or have ice cream again. When that happens for too long, I indulge the side of me that really really really loves ice cream. I go off my "Lance 'feel amazing' Diet." Then I am bloated, more tired, have more anxiety, and get heavier - physically and emotionally.

Well you can imagine that's a bit of a roller coaster so I have modified my goals and found something that is sustainable for me to maintain for a long time. For me, that's eating really well, but also allowing for occasional indulgences.

And I know I'm not alone. I see patients every day in the treatment room with a similar story. As we continue on the road of really knowing ourselves, we have more and more to inform our choices. I know that changing a habit is one of the hardest things to do and it's exponentially more successful when done with a group.

Together we can create a huge shift in how we eat and how we feel.

••••• Village Wellness Takes a Village ••••• 

Over the next few months, the extraordinary Functional Nutritionist, Rachel Hershberger, the fantastic BodyMind Nourishment Coach Antanas Vainius and myself, are going to launch 3 empowering workshops and individual session opportunities specifically designed to assist you to eat better and feel better, now and for the long term in your body, mind, and spirit! 

There has never been a better time to take care of yourself than now.

We are going to be offering some special programs in the coming months to keep all of us feeling strong and light. If you see something that calls you, now is the time to jump in!

Acupuncture & Ancestral Nutrition ProgramTry out something new for 30 days ONLY and see if this way of eating is right for you. We will be like scientists observing what happens when we follow the Ancestral Nutrition Program. WARNING: you may feel better, have more energy, and lose excess weight. The group support and acupuncture are all there to make the transition and detox from sugar, etc much smoother. This program starts March 1st. Learn More & Register

The Science of You and Food: Find out how your body's needs are supported by food over time. This is the best way to integrate a new way of eating into your lifestyle. Individualized support with Functional Nutritionist Rachel Hershberger works holistically to fine tune YOUR nutritional needs and will help design a long term plan that you love. These are individual session. Learn more & Book your appointment.

Skill Development: Learn what it means to be truly nourished, not only in body, but in mind and spirit as well with  Body/Mind Nourishment Coaching with Antanas Vainius. COMING SOON: This workshop will give hands on demonstrations on healthy ways of preparing food while also accounting for the emotional and spiritual aspects of what it means to eat. 

I am so excited about these offerings and I hope you can take advantage of them! 

To healthier, happier, stronger, shinier Us's

Lots of love,

Lance  & the whole Village Wellness crew

Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.


Other quick announcements: 

  • Our Weekly Kundalini Yoga Classes with Ashleigh start on Monday at 7:30 pm. Class is filling up so please register if you are interested.
  • Please help nominate us and create a category for acupuncture in Mainline Today's 'best of' edition. Please, enter village wellness as a wildcard and write in ACUPUNCTURE as the category. Thank you sooooo much! It makes a huge impact for us & all of the holistic practitioners on the Main Line.

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When we need Joy. Abundance. Peace. Courage. Hope...

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When we need Joy. Abundance. Peace. Courage. Hope...

So many of our patients (and us practitioners too) have been coming in this week feeling overwhelmed, defeated, stressed, and anxious. Its seems to be so easy for some of us to fall into a downward spiral right now, and I wanted to share some wisdom i was recently reminded of. 

Amy and I went to a Kirtan at the amazing Prana House Yoga in Haverford with musician David Newman during the inauguration. We sang to help spread our prayers of love and peace, and to foster the potency of our commitment to those values.

David reminded me of a Zen Story with the basic teaching of: if you need something give it away. If you need love, give love, if you need hope, give hope, if you need peace, give peace.

Pena Chodrin, in her book, “When things fall apart” shares a similar principle. She says “Share the wealth. Be generous with your joy. Give away what you most want. Be generous with your insights and delights." 

So here is our homework, you guys:

For those of us who are feeling sadness, lets practice giving joy.

For those feeling poor, practice sharing your abundance.  

For those in grief, practice giving praise.

For those in fear, practice giving courage.

For those feeling angry, practice give hope. 

When we give away the need, the want, the desire, We often reconnect to the exact thing we were so disconnected from. 

AND If you find this practice helpful, please share it with those in your life that may find benefit from it!

With so much love and gratitude,

Lance

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Do you know 2 people that can benefit from Holistic Medicine?

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Do you know 2 people that can benefit from Holistic Medicine?

I hope you had a wonderful snowy weekend! I've been practicing some origami while keeping toasty. I posted some pics on our Instagram Page if you want to check them out. Origami is a great way to drop into the present and let the world go. It got me thinking that our world would be better if more people could make space for peaceful endeavors and in that spirit, I have a favor to ask.

I find that, though holistic medicine is making it's way towards the mainstream it's often still viewed as fringe, unconventional and sometimes scary to many people. I would LOVE your help in changing that. 

The Favor: If you know anyone who might benefit from acupuncture or our other holistic medicine services, would you 1. Share your experience. Talking about acupuncture and what's possible with holistic medicine normalizes it for people who may be too timid to try it themselves. 2. Invite them to do a free tea time chat to ask their questions and see if the Village Wellness approach is the right fit for them.

If you don't know whether your community would be interested in Acupuncture or holistic medicine, simply share our website with them or invite them to our Facebook page

If your peeps live elsewhere and are interested in trying holistic medicine, I am connected to great practitioners all over the country and would be happy to supply a referral. Just ask by replying to this email.

As the world heads into divisive times, anything that fosters connection and well-being ought to be shared, don't ya think?

Also, please let us know if there's anything you wish we offered that we don't — yet.

Thanks so much!

Lance & the whole Village Wellness crew

Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT

Other quick announcements: 

  • Take the Private Acupuncture Membership Program for a test spin - instantly save at least $60/month
  • Test the Community Acupuncture Membership Program - special earlybird pricing for January.
  • Ready to make meditation a priority in 2017? Check out our upcoming series. They start over the next couple weeks
  • Stephanie Moore, Shamanic Practitioner Extraordiare is extending her discounted sessions through the end of January. Read more
  • Is losing weight and/or eating healing part of your new year's resolution? Lets set up a functional nutrition plan so you know exactly what to eat for your own best results. Ask Rachel about her January Special! Learn more

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Try Our Brand New Private Acupuncture Membership Program

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Try Our Brand New Private Acupuncture Membership Program

Hi folks,

I'm excited to announce our brand new acupuncture monthly membership programs! It’s an awesome way to invest in your health, save money, and commit to taking breaks for the self-care that lets you show up better in the rest of your life! 

We have 2 membership options. One for Private Acupuncture (see below) and one for Community Acupuncture (click here)!

Heres how the Private Acupuncture Membership Works. :
Its pretty simple.

  • You enroll online or in the office.
  • On the 1st of each month, we will automatically deduct $180 from your credit or debit card using MoonClerk which provides bank level security.
  • There is no contract, the plan is month to month, and you can un-enroll anytime online through your account page.  

What you get:

  • 2 acupuncture sessions (automatically saving $30)
  • Unlimited additional discounted sessions at $90 each (saving $15 each).

That means if you come weekly, you instantly save $60 per month! Which, by the way, invested at 10% with compounding interest makes you an extra million bucks in only 50 years!  You're welcome =)

Here's another cool feature:
We have built in rollovers. Any unused sessions can be rolled over to the following month for up to 3 months!

But wait... there's more :)
You also have access to The Village Wellness Rewards Program. Here members receive exclusive offers to other holistic minded businesses in our community.

So what do you think? Want to try out our membership program?
You can enroll right now and though the membership plan officially starts the following month, if you enroll today you will receive $15 off any private acupuncture sessions through the rest of the current month! Woohoo! 

Ready to get Started?
Simply enroll online at the Acupuncture Membership Page.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Lots of Love,

acupuncturist bryn mawr

 


Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Co-Founder, Licensed Acupuncturist

P.S. Here's Our Mission Statement:
Village Wellness is committed to enhancing wellness in our community by providing access to the best holistic medicine services.  We also strive to enable our practitioners to thrive in a healthy and supportive environment. 

Our holistic approach means that we address healing at all levels of self – mind, body, and spirit. We approach each of our patients, clients, and students with the utmost respect and non-judgmental care.

Whether you come in with pain, anxiety, or trying to figure out your life purpose, we are here in service. 

We believe that feeling better is just the beginning of the journey. Our utmost goal is to help you truly thrive.

 

 

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Thank you for voting us for best acupuncture of Philadelphia

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Thank you for voting us for best acupuncture of Philadelphia

Wow we are so honored and grateful to you guys for voting and choosing us this year! We won the best acupuncture in Philly for 2016 and made the top ten best massage and chiropractics in Philadelphia.

We value and love every single one of our patients, and everyone that has come through our door has left feeling better, happier and armed with tools for greater wellness.

Now, on to make 2017 even more amazing! We will be providing the highest quality services and treatments for all your needs, so you will walk out of here happier, more relaxed and feeling even better!!!

Thank you for being the best patients around!! 

<3

Lance & the whole Village Wellness crew

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DIY: How to make an origami paper crane

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DIY: How to make an origami paper crane

Hey All,

We had such a fun mindful holiday gathering last night. We made paper cranes and ate yummy gluten free pizza! We had so much fun that I wanted to share the instructions for making your own origami paper cranes at home! It is a wonderful and deeply mindful experience! Do it with your family and friends for an extra good time! 

Here are the instructions from the film: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

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The Passions and Perspective of an Amazing, Holistic and Integrative Physical Therapist: an interview with Hina Sheth

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The Passions and Perspective of an Amazing, Holistic and Integrative Physical Therapist: an interview with Hina Sheth

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with he aim of answering the question: "How can we increase our quality of life?" I also find folks drawn to help others in an integrative way to be ignited with a deep passion and purpose. These interviews were created to delve into that drive and to discover their tips and insight into living life to its fullest. 

Hina is the owner of and amazing Physical Therapist at Rebalance Physical Therapy in Narberth, PA. She was kind enough to answer my questions about her passions and the unique aspects of her physical therapy practice. 

Enjoy the interview!

Lance

p.s. Hina was generous enough to offer our Village Wellness Members a very special discount at her Rebalance PT. Check out the details here.

Q: Hina, thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Can you tell us where you are from originally?

HINA: I was born in London and boy do I wish I still had a British accent…but I moved to Orlando, Florida when I was 4.  Yes Micky Mouse was my best friend.

Q: What initially inspired you to become a more holistic Physical Therapist?

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HINA: I was frustrated with not being able to completely help someone with spine, hip and pelvic issues.   I didn’t like the current model of how physical therapy was being delivered.   I knew there was something missing and I was motivated to figure it out.

Seeing someone go from looking and feeling lifeless, anxious and in pain to then seeing them become motivated, active and happy is enough to keep me doing this forever.  What better gift then to know you had a part in helping that happen.

Q: What are your thoughts about how a more integrative medicine approach fits in to our current health care model?

HINA: I feel that our current health care model has become highly specialized.  Even though this can be a very good thing, I think we have lost the “global” picture in creating such specialization.  Our bodies don’t work in parts.  It’s a brilliant system that communicates with each other and works together. 

My mission is to educate the community and my peers on how this happens from a musculoskeletal point of view.  Nutrition, the brain, and movement are all important to maintaining and healing.

Q: What makes the PT you offer at Rebalance different?

HINA: What makes Rebalance different is that we look at the person as a whole.  Our bodies function as a whole so why are we looked at so often in pieces and treated in pieces.   We really listen to the client and try to connect all the pieces of their past and present injuries or dysfunctions and try to connect it together to get a clear picture of their current problem.  We use our hands to evaluate and assess from everything from the the soft tissue (which is the fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments) to the joints.  We look at the efficiency of the body and look for the area of breakdown in performance.

Q: What are your 5 top healthy habit recommendations you share with your patients?

HINA:
1. Eat less sugar, eat more organic rainbow color vegetables, eliminate processed foods, and drink water
2, Sit less!
3. Mediate or do at least 15 minutes worth of something mindful everyday
4. Spend some “me” time.  
5. For a longer healthier life….seek advice, even if its just once, from a holistic integrated physical therapist…you’ll be amazed at what you can learn!

Q: Hina, do you have spiritual practice?

HINA: I try to meditate 15 min at least 3 per week…but we know that life can get busy.  So I try to be as present as possible throughout the day.  Whether it’s when I am treating, with the kids, driving, or cooking.   I try to focus intently on what I am doing and the feeling it gives me.  I also try to spend time alone and I find this is when I am connected most to something greater then me.

Q: What does your morning routine look like?

HINA: I meditate for  15 minutes, down a big glass of water, make sure I hug my kids (even if they are sleeping), and get 1 hour worth of intense work done before seeing clients.

Q: What is your Favorite book?

HINA: The power of now and life of Pi

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

HINA: If you always do what you have always done, you get what you’ve always gotten.

Q: What are you most passionate about right now?

HINA: I see it more and more often that into a women’s late 50 and 60’s…way after they have had children…. neck, back and hip and other issues start.  So many times women, after having children, are not given the right tools to rehabilitate their bodies.  This imbalance that happens doens’t manifest right away but in other ways later on in life.  I often times find that their issues started right after pregnancy.  Creating a new way for post-partum moms to learn what they need to do is what I am passionate about right now.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

HINA: I love good food.  My favorite thing to do is going with good friends to an amazing restaurant and also cooking and entertaining with gourmet dinners.  It’s often challenging now with 3 kids…but I still find time to do it.  It’s another spiritual practice of mine.  Outside of that I love hanging all day, often in pajamas, with my kids, husband and my cockapoo, Rooney, during the winter with a nice fire.  

Q: Who do you consider a hero?

HINA: Oprah! She is someone who against some of the greatest odds has created a spiritual movement, and motivated and inspired so many. She is also super successful and yet still humble.


HINA SHETH MS, PT, OCS, MTC

Hina Sheth is the owner and practitioner of Rebalance Physical Therapy with over 16 years of clinical experience.   She is a board certified physical therapist specializing in orthopedics including spine and pelvic floor rehabilitation.  She is an orthopedic clinical specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a manual certified therapist through the University of St. Augustine.  Hina received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2000.   Her post graduate coursework is focused on manual therapy, biomechanical assessment for prevention and injury, men’s and women’s health, chronic pain, and holistic health.  

In 2001, Hina started working a sport and spine clinic in NYC where she was the primary therapist treating spine and hip dysfunction. 

Hina realized there was a missing link to people’s chronic spine, hip and pelvic issues and that they were not being addressed in a holistic manner.  She became motivated to find the solution and started her journey by training as a pelvic floor specialist at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  During this time she worked closely with renowned physicians, mentored and trained junior staff and assisted in teaching physical therapy students at Arcadia University.   In 2008 she started her own practice, Rebalance Physical Therapy, to deliver therapy the way she believed it should be provided.  Her practice incorporates a unique combination of both eastern and western philosophies with the best and most up to date evidence and clinical based therapy.  Hina believes therapy should be delivered in a private and mindful environment with a one-on-one holistic hands on way in order for clients to see fast results.

She continues to work closely with physicians throughout the Philadelphia health care systems and surrounding suburbs, lecturing attendings and residents on various topics including spinal dysfunction and pelvic pain. She is an exam writer for the APTA women’s specialist exam and also participates in NIH funded studies.

Outside of her passion for her work, Hina is most proud of the family and friends.  She believes that what makes people most successful in life is surrounding yourself with amazing people.   She loves spending time with her friends, entertaining with gourmet dinners or finding a great restaurant.  She also loves photography and spending time with her 3 children, her husband and her best friend… Rooney (her cockapoo).  After a long hard day she loves watching HDTV and reading any fun self-help book.


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Stand with Standing Rock this Thanksgiving Weekend

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Stand with Standing Rock this Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Well it's Thanksgiving Weekend and the only thing I want to sell you is an invitation. 

This Thanksgiving weekend my heart and dollars are with our brothers and sisters in North Dakota at Standing Rock. They are standing ground for all of us. Standing for Mama Earth. Standing for our Water. Standing for Life. 

What happens in standing rock will direct our future as a people and a planet. It's a choice between corporate power and people power. Between the love of power and the power of love. 

My invitation this Black Friday is to put your money where it counts. Give the gift of change, possibility, and life for our future generations. 

Here are 6 ways to offer support right now if you haven't already: 

With love, 

Lance

 

 

 

 

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Introducing: Transformational Energy Medicine Program

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Introducing: Transformational Energy Medicine Program

with Stephanie Moore, Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner

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What is the program?

The Transformational Energy Medicine Program is a 5 week transformational healing journey designed to bring you into alignment with your divine nature — the original blueprint for health and abundance. We will work weekly to support a sustainable alignment with your deepest self, creating an energetic template for you to thrive.

How does the program work?

You will come in for a 90 minute session once a week. During our time together I will call on the ancient healing wisdom and techniques of the Inka people and their Andean descendants. Working within the traditional healing model of medicine men and women who know the secrets to living and aging gracefully, free from disease, we will help you remember how to walk in creative, harmonious beauty upon the earth. When you commit to a 5 week program, we will be able to go deep enough to enact lasting change. After the program, a monthly session would be all you need to stay in tune. 

What is the goal of the program?

Health, wholeness, and happiness are our birthright. Through this process, you will transcend limiting beliefs, eliminate old thought patterns and behaviors that no longer serve you. You will be guided through releasing the fear and disease that stalks you so that we can remap your energetic blueprint to reflect your new state of luminosity and health within your mind, body, and spirit.

5 Week Transformational Energy Medicine Program Schedule:

WEEK #1: Goal Setting & Deep Cleaning of the Energy Field  (90 min)

We will discuss and identify limitations, disease and disharmony present in your physical, emotional, and energetic bodies. We will set healing goals and map the healing process. The energy field will be deeply cleaned. 

WEEK #2: Illumination & Chakra Cleanse (90 min)

We will use the Illumination process to assist you in shedding what no longer serves, clear toxic imprints and then reset and rebalance the energy field and chakras.

WEEK #3: Extractions & Decoupling (90 min)

I will extract any intrusive energies from the energy field and body. I will work gently with the parasympathetic nervous system to heal emotional trauma and fear by resetting the "fight or flight" system that wreaks havoc on our bodies. We will also work to heal family history and clear genetic "curses" passed down through the lineage. With this process you can gain freedom from the diseases of your ancestors.

WEEK #4: Soul Retrieval (90 min) 

I will perform the ancient shamanic technique of Soul Retrieval to recover lost soul parts or fragments. I facilitate returning the soul to a state of wholeness and luminosity, where you can find freedom from the pain of the past and reclaim joy, power and grace.

WEEK #5: Spirit Flight and Illumination (90 min)

I will assist in connecting you with your place in infinity. I will teach you how to connect with the divine to release and transcend your limiting beliefs. During the Illumination I will guide you in tapping into the field of pure potential where you will learn the practice of manifesting with intent and impeccability. This skill will be yours for life.

BONUS WEEK #6: Deepening Follow-up (90 min)
When you purchase the full program (see below)** you will receive a bonus follow-up session at no extra charge. We will use our time to deepen the work we have done and reaffirm and secure your newly created healing patterns. 

Payment Options:

Full Program Cost: $750*** see the introductory offer below
Pay as you go: $150/90 minute session

**Full Program Bonus: Pay for full program and receive 1 extra 90 minute treatment ($150 Value). 

***INTRODUCTORY OFFER
$700 [Save $200] for the full program including the bonus 6th session ($150 Value)

Ready to get started?
Simply Book your first session here:

It is my honor to hold sacred space, with the highest vision and integrity for each client, as they walk their unique healing path. I look forward to being the sacred witness to your transforming. As you become the Dreamer, you dream your world into being and can step fully into the true luminosity of your being. Here you will find that the world around you, reflects back to you, the state of beauty and perfection within you.

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What do you want? an exercise in manifestation

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What do you want? an exercise in manifestation

How we spend our moments is how we spend our days. How we spend our days is how we spend our life.

If I don’t slow down every now and then to make sure I’m as clear as possible on my life trajectory, I might wake up 5 years from now realizing I’ve be reacting to my life rather than acting in it.

Now is perfect time to take a fresh look at my priorities, write down my goals, wants, & needs. As our country enters a new era of extremes, the responsibility on each of us to create the world we want comes into stark and necessary relief. 

Astrologically speaking today is a beautifully supported day to tell the world what you want and unleash your gifts

Will you join me today in putting out what YOU want? And what WE want?

Here’s a journaling exercise I love:
(you can do this as many times as you like, for yourself, your community, or the world — just change the "I" to a "We")

1. What do I really want? (Be as specific as possible)

2. Why do I want this?
(
Give as many reason as you can)

3. What do I need to do to achieve this outcome? 
(Write down as many ideas as possible!)

If you really put time and energy into this exercise you will be AMAZED at what happens!

Please share your stories with us on this Facebook Post!

Have a SUPER day!

Love,

Lance

(on behalf of our amazing team of healing arts practitioners)

Announcements:


Class Spotlight:
New Moon Crystal Sounds Healing and Meditation - Moving into Expansion
with Laura Kellogg
Friday Nov. 25th 7-8:30 PM

The New Moon, a time of starting new endeavors and gathering, occurs in astrological significance as an opportunity for expansion.  The new moon occurs in Sagittarius (a sign of expansion), and it is conjuct the ascendent (a signal of where the individual is going), additionally there is a trine (this is a supportive relationship) to Neptune (the place of the unknown).  We have the opportunity to allow the planetary alignments to assist us in our expansion into new opportunities th Read more –>  


Practitioner Spotlight: 
Stephanie Moore

Shamanic Practitioner, EMT,  Veterinary Nurse

Read our Interview with Stephanie

I have been a healer all my life. For almost 10 years I’ve worked in Western medicine, specifically emergency medicine. Then, 5 years ago, I read the book “Shaman, Healer, Sage” by Alberto Villoldo, and before I had finished the end of the first chapter my shamanic journey had begun. After that, I devoted myself to discovering shamanism and shamanic medicine. Since then, my life has been simply magical and has exceeded anything I could have imagined for myself.  In February 2016 I spent the month in the Andes Mountains, Chile training with the Q’ero shamans and teacher Alberto Villoldo at The Light Body School, where I received my certification as a Shamanic Energy Practitioner. Stepping into the role of Shaman and... Read more-->


Healing Arts Spotlight: Reiki with Britta B.

Use our Online Booking System to Book an appointment with Britta

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It works with life force energy the subtle electrical flow that keeps us moving. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki  balances your whole system including body, emotions, mind and spirit. When in balance, your own self-healing mechanisms function at their very best. Read more –>

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An interview with Laura Kellogg, Sound Healing Practitioner

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An interview with Laura Kellogg, Sound Healing Practitioner

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with he aim of answering the question: "How can we increase our quality of life?" I also find folks drawn to help others in these less-conventional fields to be ignited with a particularly deep passion and purpose. These interviews were created to delve into that drive and to discover their tips and insight into living life to its fullest. 

Laura Kellogg is a Sound Healing Practitioner, she offers Sound Healing at Village Wellness.

Enjoy the interview!

Lance

Q: Where did you grow up?
LAURA: I grew up in Malvern, PA.  I grew up around open land, woods and Valley Creek that leads into Valley Forge National Park.  I have a deep love of nature and connecting to Spirit through nature.  My experiences growing up close to nature supported this love of nature.  

Q How did you end up practicing Sound Healing?
LAURA: Ever-seeking the truth of things,  I graduated with an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Geology. This lead me to a decade and a ½ of work in environmental projects where I learned first-hand the way of big business and how the fabric of our lives has been caught up in the web of big business. I find, there is a general theme of blockage from our natural state of being while living in the post age of industrial revolution. 

On a parallel track, for approximately two decades, I have been studying the practice of natural healing, beginning with yoga and moving into an understanding of Aruveyda and related wellness approaches, and most recently into the study of quantum physics, spiritual science and healing. From here I was lead to sound healing and the healing effects of vibration on the health of the human body.  As I became more fascinated with sound healing, I entered into a formal education program in Sound Healing at the Globe Institute in San Francisco. This school is the most scientifically based, and technically developed sound healing school that I have found in the United States.

In my practice I now use the synergy of all of my training; the physical and chemical scientific training, the self-training of natural healing and spiritual science, and training from the Globe Institute.

Q: What inspired your deep interest in wellness?
LAURA: The fundamental reason why I have such an interest in health is that my mother was sick my whole life and finally died when I was 32 years old.  Although, gratefully, she was kept alive by “modern medicine” the approach did not heal her, it masked the symptoms and did not address the underlying issues causing her illnesses.  I watched her suffer for my whole life, when she died I was concerned about what I had seen. 

This initiated the quest for ways to access the natural healing capabilities of the body.  My research goals were geared toward the lessening and cessation of the use of pharmaceutical medicines for treatment of disease. 

I should note, I deeply value a place for western medicine especially as a lifesaving method for stabilizing humans in emergency and critical health situations and I recognize the need for its place in today’s society. 

 

Among the vast array of information on the topic of moving from medicating chronic issues to healthy transformation, I found that raising the vibration (physically, spiritually and mentally) of the human being is useful to healthy transformation. There are several approaches that need to be used in conjunction with one another in order to provide the environment for this to happen. Sound Healing catalyzes this whole process, and its scientific basis has drawn me to it.   

Q: What is your mission with your Sound Healing practice?
My private practice has manifested out of the desire to share my knowledge with others and help others find vibrancy and health in their lives.  I am here to assist others on their spiritual, emotional and physical path of life in order to be more present, more effective, and healthier in their body.  My specific mission is to provide a mechanism for individuals to harmonize their body through vibrational therapy.  This therapy addresses all aspects of the human being, initial sessions will activate the process, and additional sessions are used to address the issues that appear on a chronic basis.   

Q: What is your goal when working with your clients?
LAURA: My goal with my clients is to help them see the underlying issues that may be effecting their lives both physically, mentally and/or spiritually. I also strive to assist them in finding greater clarity on how to remove blockages. Sound healing itself provides the perfect environment for the removal of these blockages. 

Q: What are 1-5 healthy lifestyle recommendations you want to offer the world?
LAURA:
1) Eat foods that are organic and not processed, or processed as little as possible. Include raw foods in your diet.

2) Meditate, if you don’t know how, there are many different ways, take some time to read on the matter.

3) Self-reflection, take time to reflect on your life and be honest with yourself about where you are and where you want to be.  If there is disharmony, take friendly action on behalf of yourself, don’t be hard on yourself.

4) Find something pleasing and pleasant about the people you come in contact with, especially ones you find disharmonious to you.  

5) Pay attention to the music you are listening to, make dancing, singing, listening to special music a practice you put energy into.  

Q: Do you have a spiritual practice? if so what is it?
My spiritual practice can be most easily described as Spiritual Science”. Spiritual Science was founded by Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian Theosophist, from the turn of the century, and is a synergy of many different spiritual paths (Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, European). I combine Steiner’s teachings with modern spiritual science (quantum physics), and other cultural spiritual practices (indigenous, tribal).  My mechanisms for practice are reading, ceremonial prayer and meditation, communing with fellow humans on the “path”, yoga, and use of sound to maintain contact with the Divine.   

Q: What does your morning routine look like?
LAURA: I wake up when my eyes open (around 7 am) typically without an alarm. I take some supplements I need due to certain shortages in my body. I read my spiritual readings. I drink tea and I make myself a raw-foods smoothie of lemon-celery-cilantro.

Q: What book have you given away most?
LAURA: “How to Attain the Higher Worlds”, by Rudolph Steiner, or “You are the Placebo” by Joe Dispanza

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
LAURA: “Man (and woman) does not live by bread alone, but by the Word…”; word can be re-translated as frequency, and we can say we cannot live by bread alone, but also by frequency.  I see this as a clue to the fact that frequency is as much of a food as physical food is.

Q: What are you currently most passionate about?
LAURA: True health and human vibrancy, which will lead to vibrancy and harmony for plants, animals and the whole earth system.  

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? what do you like to do for fun?
LAURA: Kirtan, travel, talk with friends.  

Q:Who are your heros?
LAURA: Ascended Masters, Gods and Goddesses, the conscious child (within all of us).

Learn more about the AMAZING work Laura does and schedule your own Sound Healing Session with Laura. 

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New Weekend Hours @ Village Wellness

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New Weekend Hours @ Village Wellness

New Weekend Hours Starting Oct 29th
@ Village Wellness in Berwyn

for
Acupuncture, Functional Nutrition, Shamanic Energy Medicine & Meditation 

 

Community Acupuncture with Leslie Aurino Saturdays 10-1 PM BOOK NOW

Community Acupuncture
with Leslie Aurino
Saturdays 10-1 PM
BOOK NOW

Acupuncture & TCM with Leslie Aurino Saturdays 2-5 PM BOOK NOW

Acupuncture & TCM
with Leslie Aurino
Saturdays 2-5 PM
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Functional Nutrition with Rachel Hershberger Saturdays 11-3 PM BOOK NOW

Functional Nutrition
with Rachel Hershberger
Saturdays 11-3 PM
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Shamanic Energy Medicine with Stephanie Moore Saturdays 9-2 PM BOOK NOW

Shamanic Energy Medicine
with Stephanie Moore
Saturdays 9-2 PM
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The Heart of Meditation  Weekly Meditation Class with Robbie Russock Sundays 10:30-12:00 PM OOK NOW

The Heart of Meditation 
Weekly Meditation Class
with Robbie Russock
Sundays 10:30-12:00 PM
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